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Topic: A thought about the internet.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 14, 2004 07:47PM)
A friend of mine at another forum suggested that I post this everywhere. It's a piece of philosophy that might help all of us out.

Not everything about magic is on the web. There is a lot of very good stuff that is not on the web. The web is a very tiny part of the world.

When you begin to believe that cyberspace is the real world, then you have problems.
Message: Posted by: thehawk (Feb 15, 2004 02:03AM)
Cyberspace just gets you there quicker Bill. It gives you a lot of info instead of waiting for the monthly reviews.
Message: Posted by: Randy Sager (Feb 15, 2004 03:43PM)
On 2004-02-15 03:03, thehawk wrote:
Cyberspace just gets you there quicker Bill. It gives you a lot of info instead of waiting for the monthly reviews.

True but it also gives you too much misinformation as well.
Message: Posted by: Hideo Kato (Feb 16, 2004 06:45AM)
It gives us not only misinformation but also true information which are useless.

Hideo Kato
Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Feb 17, 2004 12:38AM)
Dig into the classics and revamp some old ideas!
Message: Posted by: Daniel J. Ferrara Jr. (Feb 17, 2004 01:04PM)
I think the internet is perfect for when I can't sleep and I want to do some shopping and 4:00am.

However, nothing beats the feeling of going to the local magic shop or to a magic convention and interacting with other magicians.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Feb 17, 2004 04:29PM)
Wait...isn't everything on the internet true? They wouldn't tell us false stuff would they? NOOOOO
Message: Posted by: blindbo (Feb 17, 2004 06:58PM)
Referencing magic; the web has introduced me to many valuable resources which in turn have expanded my knowledge of magic and given me greater enjoyment.

Such resources are the many forums, the many vendors, and most important of all, the many people. I believe my magic and my love for magic would not be what it has become, without the web as a conduit.

Referencing other matters; the web has given me hope in enlarging what must be an undersized part of my body and has promised to show me the way to bring tremendous joy to women, whether they want it or not.
Message: Posted by: thehawk (Feb 18, 2004 02:18PM)
Another good thing about the internet is the amount of demoes out that are interesting to watch.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Feb 25, 2004 06:37PM)
Don't forget the number of demos out that are totally useless.

I'm not saying that the internet is useless, by any means; however, there is a huge amount of nonsense on it. For example, look at the number of knocked-off magic tricks on various web sites. I recently found a web site that was selling CMH for $5.00. This was not Michael Ammar's version, but a knockoff of it.

The biggest problem with the internet as opposed to books or commercial video is that there is no "filter" on the internet. Anyone who has an FTP program can put up a web site. There is virtually no production cost at all. To produce even a small pamphlet requires an investment in hard copy. Producing a hardback book is an even costlier project.

The same is true of web videos. All you need is a camcorder and the software that comes with it, and you can put video on the internet. OTOH, if you produce a commercial video that people actually PAY for, you have to give them something with some substance. Plus, you have production costs in terms of a studio, lighting, copying, cover art, etc.

Some modern magic consumers are not really aware of the differences.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Feb 26, 2004 12:45PM)
I hear that....I can't stand the majority of the demo's out there. They are of inexperienced magicians, without confidence performing some trick they don't even own.